NCAA Rules That Xavier Freshman Justin Martin Must Sit Out Games This Season

Justin Martin is on schoalrship and will practice with the team this season.

Justin Martin is on schoalrship and will practice with the team this season.

Oct. 25, 2010

CINCINNATI --- Xavier University announced today that freshman Justin Martin has been ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA. Martin, a 6-7 forward from Indianapolis, Ind., will be on scholarship and can practice with the team this season but will not be permitted to travel or play in games.

 

"I'm disappointed with the NCAA's recent decision on Justin's initial eligibility," said second-year head coach Chris Mack. "Though I feel the decision is the wrong one, we will move forward, as will Justin, and look forward to his contributions on game night one year from now."

 

Martin, a former standout at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, played this past year at Mountain State Academy in West Virginia. Martin, who was ranked as the no. 87 prospect in the nation by scout.com and no. 86 by rivals.com, averaged 15.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in his one season at Mountain State.

 

The loss of Martin leaves Mack with only 10 scholarship players eligible for games this season. Xavier lost junior guard Brad Redford to a season-ending knee injury over the weekend. Would-be junior guard Jordan Crawford wound up a first round NBA Draft choice and is now playing for the Atlanta Hawks.